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Michigan Should Reject DTE’s Integrated Resource Plan, Here’s Why

, lead Midwest energy analyst

After hundreds of pages of expert testimony (including testimony from UCS), thousands of public comments, and two rounds of legal briefing, a Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) administrative law judge will issue a recommended decision later this month on whether DTE’s integrated resource plan should be rejected, modified, or approved. UCS and numerous other stakeholders are urging the MPSC to reject DTE’s flawed resource plan and direct the company to redo its analysis. Here’s why. Read more >

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Residentes de East Boston protestan la subestación propuesta por Eversource GreenRoots

Carta abierta exige la energía limpia en lugar de subestación en East Boston

, energy analyst

En inglés

Este es el cuarto de una serie de cuatro blogs sobre East Boston, una controvertida subestación eléctrica y las oportunidades para una transición a energía limpia

A través de esta serie de blogs hemos explorado la propuesta de Eversource (la compañía de electricidad del área de Boston) de construir una riesgosa subestación de alto voltaje en un vecindario densamente poblado en East Boston. Hemos cubierto las características de East Boston y la gama de injusticias ambientales que enfrenta, las preocupaciones de la comunidad con respecto a este proyecto y nuestro propio análisis de una alternativa local basada en energía limpia en lugar de la propuesta subestación.

Este cuarto blog está dirigido a las autoridades que determinarán si es sensato permitir la construcción de este proyecto, o si en cambio se requiere más información para una desición basada en la realidad de los riesgos y los beneficios. A continuación encontrarán la Carta abierta de mi colega Juan Ramos; Juan es residente de East Boston y solicita a la Junta de Permisos para Infraestructura Energética (Energy Facilities Siting Board o EFSB, por sus siglas en inglés) que escuche a las y los residentes de East Boston, base su decisión en información actualizada y transparente, y no apruebe el actual plan de Eversource de construir la subestación. ¡Agrega tu voz a esta carta abierta! Read more >

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Open Letter Demands Clean Energy Alternative to Risky Eversource Substation

, energy analyst

En español

This is the fourth of a four-part blog series on East Boston, a Controversial Substation, and Opportunities for a Clean Energy Transition.  

In recent weeks via this blog we have explored a proposal from Boston-area electric utility Eversource to locate a risky high-voltage substation in a densely populated neighborhood in East Boston. We have covered the characteristics of East Boston and the range of environmental justice issues it faces, the community’s concerns around the project, and our own analysis of a local clean energy alternative.

This blog post is aimed at the decision-makers who are tasked with determining the wisdom of allowing the project to proceed, or of requiring more information and a more reality-based exploration of risks and opportunities. Below is an open letter from Juan Ramos, a Union of Concerned Scientists colleague and a resident of East Boston, asking the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) to listen to the people of East Boston; to base their decision on up-to-date, transparent, and sufficient data; and not to approve the current substation proposal from Eversource. Add your name to this open letter! Read more >

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Why Can’t California Shake Its Natural Gas Habit?

, Energy analyst

California is a national leader in clean energy generation, but to fully transition away from fossil fuels in the electric sector, the state will need to expand its focus beyond energy and start taking a hard look at capacity.

California has a resource adequacy program, which ensures that the state has enough electricity generating capacity at the ready to keep the grid reliable year-round. Up until now, the data about the types of resources (natural gas plants, solar, energy storage, etc.) being used to satisfy those reliability requirements has not been publicly available. But at the urging of UCS and other organizations, that information is now being made public.

So now the numbers are in, and they paint a startling picture of California’s continued reliance on natural gas. After taking you through the numbers, I’ll talk about some of the solutions we already have and the ones we might still need.

Sit down, folks. This will take your (energy nerd) breath away.

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John Ciccarelli, BLM.
California Energy Commission
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Solar Keeps Getting More Efficient, Less Expensive, and More Resilient

, Senior energy analyst

The latest annual data on US solar energy show how the technology options for residential and commercial customers keep progressing. Here are three important dimensions of that progress: photovoltaic (PV) modules keep getting more efficient, PV system costs keep coming down, and batteries are becoming much more a piece of the solar picture.

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Tracking the Sun 2019
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Tracking the Sun 2019
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Tracking the Sun 2019
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Tracking the Sun 2019
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